479 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, Ontario



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479 Kingston Rd (apt #Major Highway)

Price: $2,998,000.00
MLS# E5211941
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Heritage House Estate – The Jewel Of Pickering Village/Ajax! Rare 2 Entrance Access & Residential/Commercial Hwy #2 Frontage. Quiet Calm Private Setting 5 Min To 401 & Go, 40 Min Drive To Downtown Toronto. Mixed Use Vc3. Consisting Of 3990′ Heritage House Operating As A Full Service Culinary Operation With Owners Living Upstairs. 1500 Sqft Carriage House/Event Space/Barn Is Suited To Entertain Or Residential Space.







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Prices for Cottage Properties in Canadian Real Estate Market Soar

From luxury properties to townhomes, the Canadian real estate market has witnessed monumental growth over the last year. Across the country, sales activity and home valuations have been climbing at levels never seen before, buoyed by strong demand, low inventory and historically low interest rates. These are the dominant trends, whether you’re house-hunting in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia or Halifax, Nova Scotia.

But one of the most riveting developments in the Canadian real estate market since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic has been the substantial price increases for cottage properties. While cottage country markets across the country have typically witnessed high demand during the summer months, evolving consumer trends are pointing to sustained interest throughout the year in rural communities.

Since more people are working from home, professionals are setting their sights on lakefront cottages, chalets in the mountains or cabins in the woods, away from the hustle and bustle of major urban centres. But as homeowners cash in on their big-city properties, they are using their high equity to outbid buyers (including local residents and their fellow out-of-town buyers) and driving up cottage prices in the process. Many forecasts suggest that this impressive growth will continue through 2021 and potentially heading into 2022.

Has the Canadian real estate market been permanently altered as more households shy away from hyper-dense metropolitan areas to embrace the charm of quiet small-town life? The answer might be reflected in the numbers across multiple recreational housing markets from coast to coast.

Prices for Cottage Properties in Canadian Real Estate Market Soar

If you are currently trying rent a cottage in rural Ontario, you may be out of luck as the vast majority are fully booked for the rest of 2021. Similarly, if you’re keen to buy a cottage in Atlantic Canada, be prepared to put up a fight thanks to swelling levels of demand as a result of out-of-province buyers and cheap borrowing costs.

Here are some of the figures of what homebuyers can expect to face as they seek shelter in Canada’s recreational property markets:

Kawartha Lakes, Ontario (March 2021 / year-over-year)

  • Residential non-waterfront sales: +87.7%
  • Residential waterfront sales: +223.1%
  • Median price for residential non-waterfront properties: +44.7% to $606,000
  • Median price for residential waterfront properties: +64.5% to $872,000

Georgian Bay, Ontario (March 2021 / yoy)

  • Residential sales: +106.1%
  • Benchmark price for single-family homes: +43.6% to $617,900

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia (December 2020 / yoy)

  • Residential sales: +82%
  • Median price of residential properties: +7.8% to $830,000

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (March 2021 / yoy)

  • Residential sales: +79.2%
  • MLS® Home Price Index (HPI): +12.1% to $183,100

Prince Edward Island (March 2021 / yoy)

  • Residential sales: +81.7%
  • Average price of homes sold: +21.9% to $330,121

Lethbridge, Alberta (March 2021 / yoy)

  • Single-detached home sales: +59.6%
  • Median sale price for single-detached homes: +14% to $335,000

What to Expect for Cottage Real Estate Moving Forward?

Whether you desire to go fishing on a lake or sip coffee on the patio of your waterfront property, be prepared to open your wallet wide. Cottage country prices are still expected to increase, especially now that the busy spring and summer home-buying season has arrived. This historically active period is anticipated to be busier than ever before. At the very least, prices are expected to continue rising.

Like Toronto or Vancouver, cottage areas are experiencing low inventory. A dramatic supply imbalance is leading to bidding wars for active and new listings. While this was unheard-of just a few short years ago, it has become the norm in many recreational communities across Canada. Work-from-home arrangements, the demand for less-densified areas and larger living spaces paired with ultra low interest rates are the key drivers of this unprecedented growth within destinations that would be difficult to spot on a map.

As the Financial Post wrote in February, “Cottage country is the new battleground for housing bidding wars.” Although cottage country housing will still appeal to city slickers following the COVID-19 pandemic, the market could eventually normalize, write Murtaza Haider, a Ryerson University professor, and Stephen Moranis a real estate industry veteran.

“Once more housing is made available by prospective sellers, who have been patiently watching the markets from the sidelines, cottage country markets are likely to return to calmer conditions to match the serene and tranquil environments that distinguish them,” they said.

Until then, cottage country is no longer just the focus of retirees searching for the quiet life in their golden years, or families seeking fun in the summer sun. Young professional couples who only need a reliable Internet connection to work are expected to become a key driver of the cottage country housing market for the foreseeable future, whether in the Sunshine Coast or Atlantic Canada.

 

 

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440 Harrop Dr, Milton, Ontario



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440 Harrop Dr

Price: $2,195,000.00
MLS# W5201378
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Great Opportunity To Own A Full Renovated, 5,200Sq Ft (2,600 Per Floor), Well Built 2-Story Office Building In A Prime Milton Location. Very Close To 401 As Well As Residential Areas For Strong Exposure To Customer Base And Ease Of Access. Main Floor Has 6 Offices, 2 New Baths, Waiting Rm/Kitchenette. Second Floor Has 2 Offices, Open Concept Office Space, Reception And 3 Baths. A Solid Investment In Prime Area.







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(LEASED) 68 Abell St, Toronto, Ontario

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68 Abell St

Price: $1,700.00
MLS# C5194537
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1 + 1
Square Footage: 500-599
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Spacious 1 Bedroom Plus Den And 1 Bath Condo With Balcony Overlooking Courtyard. Clean And Well Kept Condo With Laminate Throughout, Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances. Partially Furnished. Convenient Location In The Heart Of Queen West, Steps To Ttc, Restaurants, Shopping, Financial District, And Entertainment Districts. A Must See!
Extras:1 Parking Space, Stainless Steel Appliances, Washer And Dryer. Hydro Not Included. Partially Furnished, Includes 2 Ikea Kitchen Islands, 4 Structube Bar Stools.
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Home Renovations That Buyers Want, According to RE/MAX Brokers

What are the home renovations that buyers want to see on the market? It’s a great question, and one you’ve likely pored over if you’re preparing to list your home for sale in the near future, or you’re embarking on a renovation with a thought to long-term resale value. According to the 2021 RE/MAX Renovation Investment Report, more than half of Canadians underwent a home renovation for personal/non-ROI purposes, with 29% choosing to renovate for non-essential “lifestyle” reasons, such as recreation-inspired projects. Despite the trend of renovating for personal use and enjoyment, 59% of Canadians said they always consider the return on investment that a renovation will have on their home’s overall market value, so while there is a current renovation trend based on lifestyle aspirations, practicality is never far from the surface. From the homebuyer’s perspective, certain renovations are more in-demand than others.

So, what are the best home improvements to sell your home quicker and for top dollar? According to a survey of RE/MAX brokers across Canada, below is a list of what homebuyers want most. We’ve also sourced the ballpark costs for each, via Pillar To Post’s Residential Construction and Remodeling Estimates Cost Guide, to give you a rough idea of the level of investment required for each.

6 HOME RENOVATIONS THAT BUYERS WANT

Home Renovations That Buyers Want kitchen

#1 Kitchen

93.5% of RE/MAX brokers surveyed said kitchen renovations are most sought-after by homebuyers. The kitchen is typically the most complicated room in the home to renovate, and the most expensive. Many homebuyers who aren’t interested in taking on a big project will pay a premium to have this big project done for them. Depending on the age and condition of the home, kitchen updates can range from a complete gut job, to updates such as refacing or repainting cabinets, new hardware and appliances, countertop, backsplash and flooring.

  • kitchen cabinets: $50 to $125 per linear ft.
  • kitchen counter, laminate: $45 per linear ft.
  • kitchen counter, marble: $80 per linear ft.
  • dishwasher: $675 to $950
  • garbage disposal: $200 to $425
  • range hood: $350 to $525
  • porcelain sink: $750 to $900
  • stainless steel sink: $650 to $800
  • total cost: $7,500+
Home Renovations That Buyers Want bathroom

#2 Bathroom

64.5% of RE/MAX brokers said new or updated bathrooms are in high demand by homebuyers. This trend echoes the above-mentioned kitchen reno rationale, whereby homebuyers who are unwilling to undergo the effort and inconvenience of a bathroom renovation willing to pay a premium to have this project already completed.

  • cabinets $50 to $125 per linear ft.
  • countertop, laminate: $45 per linear ft.
  • countertop, marble: $80 per linear ft.
  • pedestal basin: $375
  • vanity basin: $250
  • bathtub – replace / retile: $2,500+
  • shower connection: $250
  • shower stall, plastic: $900 to $2,000
  • shower stall, ceramic tile: $2,500 to $3,300
  • new toilet: $425
  • tub enclosure, ceramic tile: $2,500 to $3,300
  • tub enclosure, plastic: $600 to $1,275
  • whirlpool bath: $4,250
  • total cost: $5,250+
Home Renovations That Buyers Want flooring

#3 Flooring

48.4% of RE/MAX brokers identified new flooring as a hot selling feature on the resale market. Depending on the size of the home and the scope of work being done, flooring would typically cost less than a kitchen and bathroom reno, but this is a great way to refresh the home, especially when paired with a fresh coat of paint. Carpet is actually considered to be a drawback by some homebuyers, so this is an update that’s worth completing prior to listing a home for sale.

  • carpet cleaning: $125 per room
  • carpet and underpad: $6 to $11 per sq. ft.
  • ceramic tile: $6 to $11 per sq. ft.
  • hardwood $6 to $11 per sq. ft.
  • prefinished hardwood: $11 to $16 per sq. ft.
  • refinishing hardwood: $3 to $6 per sq. ft.
  • vinyl sheets: $4 to $9 per sq. ft.
  • vinyl tile: $4 to $9 per sq. ft.
Home Renovations That Buyers Want paint

#4 Paint

35.5% of RE/MAX brokers said buyers want a fresh coat of paint. This is a relatively simple and low-budget upgrade that makes a big impact on the look and feel (and sometimes, smell) of a property. Given the current seller’s market conditions in many regions across Canada, homes are selling like hotcakes, regardless of renovations. With this in mind, home sellers in particularly hot markets, like Toronto and Vancouver, are keeping their reno efforts (and budgets) to a minimum. Paint is the simplest and cheapest way to freshen up the place.

  • Painting walls (3 coats): $2 per sq. ft.
Home Renovations That Buyers Want basement

#5 Finished basement

22.6% of brokers identified basement renovations as a huge selling feature on the resale market. Quite simply, if it increases the usable square footage of the home, that’s a good thing in homebuyers’ books.

  • adding basement entrance: $5,250 to $10,500
  • basement main beam: $2,100
    basement support post / foundation: $500 to $1,000
  • excavation / waterproofing: $125 to $175 per sq. ft.
  • foundation crack repair (excavation method): $525 to $1,100
  • foundation crack repair (injection method, cost per crack): $500
  • acoustic ceiling (suspended): $6 per sq. ft.
  • baseboard / door / window casing: $4 per linear ft.
  • drywall over plaster: $3 to $4 per sq. ft.
  • plaster (over existing plaster): $3 to $4 per sq. ft.
  • stucco / stipple: $3 per sq. ft.
  • walls (insulations / drywall): $4 per sq. ft.
  • painting walls (3 coats): $2 per sq. ft.
  • wallpaper: $6 to $11 per sq. ft.
Home Renovations That Buyers Want landscaping

#6 Outdoors & landscaping

19.4% of RE/MAX brokers said homebuyers are setting their sights on the great outdoors with landscaping and outdoor features becoming a popular “must-have” item. This trend became amplified during the course of the pandemic, which saw people spending more time in and around their homes, and buyers looking for bigger yards and features such as swimming pools/hot tubs, patios and decks to act as “outdoor living rooms.”

  • lay soil & sod: $3 to $6 per sq. ft.
  • sprinkler system: $1,200
  • concrete retaining wall: $55 per sq. ft.
  • wood retaining wall: $45 per sq. ft.
  • deck, pressure treated / cedar: $15 to $30 per sq. ft.
  • deck, custom designed & built: $55 to $80 per sq. ft.
  • patio, concrete: $16 to $25 per sq. ft.
  • patio, flagstone / fieldstone: $21 per sq. ft.
  • patio, interlock brick / stone: $11 to $16 per sq. ft.
  • patio stones: $6 per sq. ft.
  • porch flooring: $8 per sq. ft.
  • porch railing: $225
  • porch skirting: $21 per linear ft.
  • porch steps, concrete: $525
  • porch steps, wood: $325
  • chain-link fence (4-ft. high): $10 to $20 per linear ft.
  • cedar fence (5-ft. high): $15 to $30 per linear ft.
  • pressure treated wood fence (5-ft. high): $10 to $20 per linear ft.
  • reset post in concrete: $80
  • vinyl-lined pool (16ft. x 40ft.): $15,000 to $20,000
  • concrete-lined pool (16ft. x 40ft.): $30,000+
  • pool heater: $2,100
  • pump / filter: $1,600
  • fiberglass hot tub: $5,250+

* Cost estimates reflect the average basic costs for supplies and installation of building materials in Canada and the U.S., as anticipated for 2019-2020. Costs may vary depending on regions, upgrades, complexity and disposal fees.

 

 

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163 William Duncan Rd, Toronto, Ontario



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163 William Duncan Rd

Price: $749,000.00
MLS# W5187054
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1000-1199
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Modern Luxury Defines This 3 Level Townhome. Thousands Of Dollars Spent On Builder & After-Market Upgrades Through-Out! Ideal Flr Plan W/ Open Concept Main Level Is The Perfect Setting For Entertaining Boasting 3 Pc Bath, Open Concept Living, Dining, Kitchen W/ Large Island & Walk-Out To Balcony. Second Floor W/ Sun-Filled Master & 2nd Bdrm Both With Large Closets & Windows. 4 Pc Bath & Grand 2 Storey Hallway Leading Up To Huge Rooftop Terrace.







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95A Laurel Ave, Toronto, Ontario



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95A Laurel Ave

Price: $2,890,000.00
MLS# W5185986
Bathrooms: 5
Bedrooms: 4
Square Footage: 3500-5000
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This Is A Place You Call Home. Traditional Outside, Yet Luxurious, Modern And Timeless Interiors; 4 Spacious Bdrms, 5Baths W Heated Floors, 3 Fp’s, Fin Ll, Stylish Gourmet Kitchen With X-Large Island! Feats High-End Appls And Quartz Ct’s. Grand Master W 5Pc Ensuite, W/I Closet & Fplc. Finished Basement For Entertaining With Heated Floors! Elegant Wet Bar! Large Walk-Up To Custom Patio, Theatre Rm With A 9.2 Dolby Atmos Surround System- Entertainment For All.







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88 Park Lawn Rd, Toronto, Ontario



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88 Park Lawn Rd

Price: $859,000.00
MLS# W5185485
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 2
Square Footage: 900-999
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Welcome To The Collins Suite In Luxurious South Beach Condos. Known For Its Lavish Lobby And Outstanding 5* Amenities. High End Finishes & Appliances. Split 2 Bdrm Layout, Den Separate Room With Sliding Doors For Privacy. Private Corner Suite, 237 Sqft Large Wrap Around Balcony With Stunning Views Of Conservation Land And The Humber River. Beautiful Evening Sunsets And Trickling Sounds Of The River, That Will Leave You Mesmerized. Don’t Miss Out On This Unit!







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342 Burton Rd, Oakville, Ontario



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342 Burton Rd

Price: $1,298,880.00
MLS# W5185302
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
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Location! South West Oakville! Stunning! Recently Renovated Top To Bottom W Designer Influence & Highest Quality Materials! Over 2300 Feet Of Living Space! Muskoka Setting W Towering Trees. Professionally Landscaped Fenced Yard With Large Outdoor Deck For All Your Summer Entertaining! Open Concept Kitchen, Quartz Counters, 2 Gas Fireplaces, Hrdflrs. Basement Separate Entry, Wet Bar. Top Ranked Schools! Move In And Enjoy! Home Insp. Driveway To Be Replaced







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2230 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, Ontario



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2230 Lake Shore Blvd

Price: $649,000.00
MLS# W5185227
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Square Footage: 700-799
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Welcome Home! This Stunning 2 Bdrm Corner Suite May Have The Nicest Unobstructed Lake And City Skyline Views In Mimcio. Not Only From One, But Two Balconies! Desirable Floor Plan Allows For The Finest Of Entertaining. Sun Filled Living, Dining & Kitchen Boasting Hrdwd Flrs, Walk-Out To Main Balcony, Kitchen W/ Large Island, S/S Appliances & Quartz Counters. Super Spacious Master W/ Double Closet And Balcony. 2nd Bdrm Incl Murphy Bed. 1 Owned Parking & Locker







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